Columbia Gas Settlement

Superior Court of Massachusetts

Civil Action No. 1877CV01343G

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INFORMATIONAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Feel free to attend one of the following upcoming meetings to learn more about this Settlement:

Friday, November 8, 2019 in Andover from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Collins Center, Andover High School, 100 Shawsheen Road, Andover, MA 01810 

Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Lawrence from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical High School, 57 River Road, Andover, MA 01810 

Saturday, November 9, 2019 in North Andover from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the North Andover Middle School, 495 Main St, North Andover, MA 01845 


If you lived, owned property or owned a business in Lawrence,  Andover or North Andover on September 13, 2018, you could receive payment from a Class Action Settlement.    

  • A number of residents, property owners and businesses – the “Plaintiffs” – in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover (the “Class Area”) sued, among others, NiSource, Inc. and Bay State Gas Co. d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (collectively “Columbia Gas”) for losses they suffered from the natural gas over-pressurization event of September 13, 2018 (the “Incident”). Plaintiffs and Columbia Gas have reached a Class Action Settlement (the “Settlement”). 
  • The Settlement creates a $143 million Settlement Fund.  After Court-approved costs and fees, including attorneys’ fees, the remainder of the Settlement Fund will be used to compensate people and businesses covered by the Settlement, called “Class Members.”

  • You are a Class Member if you lived, owned property or owned a business in the Class Area on September 13, 2018. As a Class Member, you may be entitled to compensation from the Settlement Fund. The terms of the Settlement are described more fully on this website.
  •  Your legal rights are affected whether you act or not. Please read this website carefully.


         Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement

File a Claim for Payment by January 9, 2020

Filing the Claim Form available on this website will allow you to receive money under the Settlement if it is approved by the Court.

Object to the Settlement by December 10, 2019

If you do not think the Settlement is fair you may write to the Settlement Administrator to Object.

Do Nothing

Get no payment, give up rights. If you do nothing, you will be bound by the terms of the Settlement, but will not receive any payment from the Settlement.


  • These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained on this website.

  • The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement.  Payments  will be  made if the Court approves the Settlement and after appeals are resolved. Please be patient.

    If you are looking for assistance with completing or filing a Claim Form, there is a Claims Facility set up to assist you.  The Claims Facility is located at:

    300 Brickstone Square
    Suite 201
    Andover, MA  01810

    The Claims Facility is now open. General hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. Eastern Time to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, and Fridays from 9 a.m. Eastern Time to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Please call 1-833-927-0819 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but are subject to extended wait times.

    In preparation for your arrival at the Claims Facility please bring documentation for proof of residence such as a gas bill, electric bill, other utility bill, or any other documentation such as a lease agreement, credit card statement, bank statements for the month of September 2018. If you plan on filing an itemized claim please bring supporting documentation such as invoices/bills for repair work, canceled checks/credit card statements showing payments for repairs, receipts for purchases prompted by the evacuation or displacement, medical invoices, etc. If you do not bring the supporting documents the Settlement Administrator will not be able to assist you with filing your claim.

    You can also contact the Settlement Administrator at 1.833.927.0819, or in writing at Columbia Gas Settlement, c/o Settlement Administrator, PO Box 58729, Philadelphia, PA  19102-8729.


This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel and controlled by the Settlement Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.

For more information please call 1-833-927-0819

Documents

Please read for a full explanation of the settlement and your options and all applicable timelines.

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Residential Claim Form

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Business Claim Form

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Important Dates

  • Claim Form Deadline

    Thursday, January 9, 2020

    You must submit your Claim Form online no later than , Thursday, January 9, 2020, or mail your completed paper Claim Form so that it is postmarked no later than Thursday, January 9, 2020.

  • Objection Deadline

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    You must mail your objection(s) and/or notice of intent to appear at the Final Approval Hearing so that it/they are postmarked no later than Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

  • Final Approval Hearing Date

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    The Final Approval Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Please check this website for updates.

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